The soundtrack to the upcoming yuppie slasher flick “American Psycho” hits stores on Tuesday, but the album will feature one less song than originally planned.
Huey Lewis has nixed Koch Records’ plans to include his “Hip To Be Square” on the soundtrack to the big-screen adaptation of author Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial 1991 novel.
Lewis’ hit turned up on early pressings of the soundtrack, including advance copies sent to critics and music journalists. The song will still appear in the film, and it actually plays during what many viewers consider the most violent scene in the film.
Lewis isn’t the only artist to balk at plans to be included in director Mary Harron’s adaptation of the novel. Koch notes that the London Philharmonic Orchestra was to be enlisted to record an ’80s-era Whitney Houston hit for the film, but Houston declined the offer. Sade was also approached about the use of her hit “Smooth Operator” in the film, and she also declined.
Ellis’ tale of a soulless ’80s yuppie who slips into a violent bout of insanity was drenched in music references and contained specific references to Lewis, Houston, and Sade as well as an unforgettable vignette in which U2 frontman Bono reveals himself to be Satan.